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Heavyweight Hero looking the goods for team Macfarlane at AP’s opener for 2017

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Jan 25, 2017 Trainer Interviews

Pukekohe trainer Todd Macfarlane always has a few very nice types in his barn and this Thursday night at The Park one of those very promising horses lines up for his first start since running a very brave second at The Jewels back in June of last year. Now a 3YO, he looks to have come back bigger and better and on the form he has been showing at the workouts in recent weeks, many will be looking to possibly anchor him in the $25K Pick 6. The AP newsdesk caught up with Todd to discuss how both of his two runner's were placed heading into Thursday night and while he expressed an air of caution about any 3YO trotter fresh-up, he believes that Heavyweight Hero would be hard to beat given the way he has come up for this resuming run and is a horse with a very bright future. Here's what Todd had to say.

Race 4 (1) Cyclone Chief – “He’s taken a little while to come back to where he was 12-18 months ago but his recent form on the track and at home is starting to show me that he is taking steps in the right direction. He gets in this race off the front but it is a really strong field with the likes of Prime Power & Speeding Spur in there and he will need to make use of his handicap advantage to get himself into the finish. On ability he is right up there with most in this field but he will continue to get better over the coming months and one to keep an eye out on.”

Race 8 (8) Heavyweight Hero – “I’m really happy with this guy has come back this time in. He ran some great races as a 2YO and the break in between has done him the world of good. He’s come back bigger and stronger and with three workouts under his belt, he comes into Thursday’s fresh-up assignment in really good fashion and I couldn’t be happier with where he’s at. He is quite a sensible horse and I don’t anticipate any issues getting away from the stand. First up as a 3YO from the tapes could be the only slight query that I might have but if he brings his manners, on what he is showing me at home I expect him to go close in this as he is a horse with a bright future.”

AP Newsdesk

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